543 episodes

Hemant Mehta and Jessica Greiff cover the latest news, politics, and pop culture with a focus on atheism and religion.
This is the official podcast for FriendlyAtheist.com.

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    • 4.6 • 1.3K Ratings

Hemant Mehta and Jessica Greiff cover the latest news, politics, and pop culture with a focus on atheism and religion.
This is the official podcast for FriendlyAtheist.com.

    The "Filth" in Oklahoma

    The "Filth" in Oklahoma

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    Jessica and I spoke about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.
    — GOP lawmaker pushes anti-abortion propaganda bill with scientific, antisemitic lies. (1:45)
    — After non-binary teen's death, lawmaker says Christians don't "want that filth" in Oklahoma. (19:15)
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    — Violating IRS rules, hate-preacher Jack Hibbs endorses candidate from pulpit… again. (36:07)
    — California school board member claims Satanists are worse than literal Nazis. (59:04)
    — Christian Nationalist Sean Feucht threatens Spokane officials for condemning mayor's appearance at prayer event. (1:11:29)
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    • 1 hr 25 min
    Sam Alito's Fake Christian Persecution

    Sam Alito's Fake Christian Persecution

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    Jessica and I spoke about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.
    — Alabama Supreme Court cites "wrath of a holy God" while claiming frozen embryos are "children." (0:43)
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    — Sam Alito is big mad that anti-gay Christians were struck from the jury in a case about a lesbian. (29:57)
    — Former Hillsong leader Brian Houston insists he wasn't searching for "ladies and girls" online. (47:42)
    — Texas school board trustees snuck an evangelical film crew into a public school. (1:01:18)
    — Congress members call out "ill-qualified hate preacher" who gave invocation. (1:09:07)
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    The Fair Reputation of White Evangelical Christians

    The Fair Reputation of White Evangelical Christians

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    Jessica and I spoke about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.
    — Telling the truth about modern evangelical Christianity means admitting it's harmful. (1:12)
    — Christian Nationalist Jason Rapert thwarted in attempt to block funds for public libraries. (40:24)
    — After atheist’s invocation, Tavares (FL) City Council lets Christian give replacement prayer. (53:28)
    — Christian hate group leader claims fellow hate group isn't hate group. (59:50)
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    GOP Tries to Ban Satanic Displays

    GOP Tries to Ban Satanic Displays

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    Jessica and I spoke about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.
    — Two students may have prevented a school board from saying Christian prayers at meetings. (0:49)
    — Arizona bill would ban Satanic displays on public property. (11:18)
    — Iowa Republican files bill to ban "Satanism on state property." (21:00)
    — Are pastors ethical? Survey shows their reputation for honesty is at an all-time low. (35:22)
    — Texas lawmaker: I want Christian chaplains in schools to "put God back in government." (44:36)
    — Iowa Republicans want public schools to hire untrained Christian chaplains. (49:35)
    — Florida lawmakers are trying to shove untrained religious chaplains in public schools. (54:08)
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Alastair Begg's Christian Wedding Debacle

    Alastair Begg's Christian Wedding Debacle

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    Jessica and I spoke about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.
    — Oregon lawmaker tries to walk back comment that atheists are unfit for public office. (0:42)
    — A proposed Satanic school helped derail a vote to repeal Idaho's Blaine Amendment. (21:29)
    — Christian radio host punished after advising grandma to attend transgender wedding. (33:45)
    — An Oklahoma GOP lawmaker wants to ban single people from sexting each other. (53:20)
    — Did a public school in Texas figure out how to legally hoist a Christian flag? (1:10:40)
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    • 1 hr 30 min
    The Christian Crypto Fraud

    The Christian Crypto Fraud

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    Jessica and I spoke about several stories from the past week involving religion and politics.
    — Christian pastor and wife sued over alleged cryptocurrency fraud scheme. (1:30)
    — An Ohio pastor was punished for opening his church to the homeless. He deserves it. (23:50)
    — Conservatives are falsely claiming NBC censored Jesus in an interview with C.J. Stroud. (48:30)
    — A Mississippi school rightly reprimanded a kid who said "Jesus Christ" out of frustration. (58:00)
    — Have the “Nones” finally peaked? (1:07:40)
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    • 1 hr 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

t-rex-loves-sugar-cereal ,

Great Content!

This pod covers so many topics that I find interesting. I do really like both hosts. I’m a Patreon supporter. I just-ugh-I just wish Jessica were less -hacky & un-self-aware. It’s the same loud responses/interruptions constantly. If this doesn’t change somehow -(maybe less loud eruptions/singing)-I’m gonna beep bop boop my way outta my Patreon subscription.

I’ll still listen -but I’m not giving my $$ when I’m annoyed 1/2 of the episode.

Anonymous563 ,

Two criticisms

1. Jess, please speak into the mic. You are charming and witty and make even Hemant exciting to listen to every week. We want to hear every word you say!

2. This podcast only comes out weekly. I need more Hemant and Jess in my life (or at least, in my podcasts).

I’m a huge fan of Hemant, and because of this podcast, I’m a fan of Jessica too! They cover a lot of interesting (if outrageous) stories that I would not otherwise hear about. Thanks for everything you two do!

MtnHermit ,

I never skip this podcast

The stories covered can be enlightening and/or disturbing, but they are never dull. The juxtaposition of Hemant's dry delivery and Jessica's vibrant and fresh reactions is wonderful to listen to. Hemant brings information, and Jessica adds humanity. Well worth supporting, if only for the bonus episodes. Love it.

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